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May. 5th, 2016 | 11:08 am

US-American politics in a nutshell, courtesy of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:

When he met Obama, [Michael] Stautmanis [of The Barack Obama Foundation] confessed, “I thought he was an egghead.”

But then he saw Obama do a left-handed jump shot on the basketball court, Stautmanis said, and he realized the future president was not someone to be underestimated.

Reports that Ted Cruz suspended his campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee after Donald Trump burped his own name, on the other hand, could not be confirmed.

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allaboutweather

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from: allaboutweather
date: May. 5th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
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It looks like it's going to be Trump and Hillary as the nominees. :(

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, and some Republicans are indicating that they are, or consider, or recommend voting for Clinton, with one writing that it's "[b]etter to lose to a true enemy whose policies you can fight and repudiate, rather than to a false friend whose schemes will drag you down with him".

I think that's dangerous, though. If you encourage people to think rather than blindly voting along party lines, they might actually look at the issues at stake in the future, and figure out which candidate would actually best represent their interests.

As for Trump, I still think he should be crowned King of America.

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allaboutweather

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from: allaboutweather
date: May. 5th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm not one of those Republicans that'll vote for Hillary, believe me. ;)

I'd rather vote 3rd party than vote for 2 candidates that i don't have the same views as.

King Donald? Yikes! DX

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate! :P

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allaboutweather

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from: allaboutweather
date: May. 5th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
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A 3rd party vote is a vote thrown away? :'C

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Well, it depends: at the very least, on the political system you're working in, on your objective, i.e. your reason for voting in the first place, and on your philosophical view of voting as such.

You live in what is essentially a two-party system (as the quip goes, "democracy! one more choice than in a dictatorship!"), and from what I understand your elections tend to use first-past-the-post voting rather than, say, preferential voting. IF your objective is to make sure that the least objectionable (to you) candidate gets elected, then a vote for a third-party candidate that has no realistic chance of winning (for some definition of "realistic") may be — well, perhaps not wasted, but certainly counterproductive. Put more succinctly, if you are faced with a choice between Clinton and Trump, and your primary goal is to keep Trump out of office (no matter how much you otherwise dislike Clinton), it may indeed hurt your goal to vote for a third-party candidate, even one you very much agree with: you may be better off voting for Clinton (even if you disagree with her) in order to harm Trump's chances.

Of course that's a fairly big "IF" above. If your motivations are different, the whole equation can easily change.

In any case, the above was just a witty quip from a classic Simpsons episode, back when the Simpsons were actually worth watching (yes, there really was such a time).

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allaboutweather

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from: allaboutweather
date: May. 5th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Ah. It wouldn't be smart for me to merely sit it out i guess. XD

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